About Ileana Santa Cruz-Espinosa
Born to dedicated Seventh-day Adventist workers, Oscar and Ella, who dedicated 40 plus years each to serving the church they loved.
Ileana knew from very early on that teaching was what she really wanted to do and so began a pursuit of academic excellence for her. Ileana attended Atlantic Union College and then went on to finish at Universidad Adventista de Centroamerica in Costa Rica. She completed a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.S in Administration and Leadership both from La Sierra University. Ileana has taught elementary, secondary, and college courses. She served as an associate superintendent for 14 years in the Central California Conference. She believes wholeheartedly in Seventh-day Adventist Christian education and is passionate about spreading the word on how it shapes lives for Eternity.
Ileana is married to Ernesto, who currently serves as a pastor to the Riggs Road Seventh-day Adventist Spanish Church, Allegheny East Conference. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. Ileana is an avid reader and soccer enthusiast. She enjoys traveling as well as spending time with her family.